Expressions of Generativity Through Family Leisure: Experiences of Grandparents and Adult Grandchildren


  • Department of Graduate Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, 75 University Ave. West, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3C5.

Department of Applied Human Sciences, Concordia University, 7141 Sherbrooke St. West, 1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd., Montreal, Canada H4B 1R6 (


The purpose of this study was to understand the expression of generativity among grandparents and their adult grandchildren through their experiences of family leisure. Fourteen dyads of grandparents and adult grandchildren were interviewed about their experience of family leisure. The findings illustrate the important role that family leisure played in the experience and expression of generativity, evidenced by the reciprocal use of leisure in teaching, mentoring, and creating a family legacy among grandparents and adult grandchildren.